Torres Strait Islander Land Act 1991. | Land Portal

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This Act, consisting of 19 Parts divided into 207 Sections, provides for the grant of land as Torres Strait Islander land. The Act recognizes that the land is of spiritual, social, historical, cultural and economic importance to Torres Strait Islanders, who inhabited the territory that is now Queensland before the settlement of Europeans (Preface). Part 2 contains basic concepts on, among others, Island custom and what is to be considered available land that is it claimable under the Act. Part 3 contains Formal expression of interest about land, the procedure for the granting of transferable land as Torres Strait Islanders land, Part 4 regulates Grant of transferable land as Torres Strait Islander land, claims for claimable land and Part 5 is on the Register of entities holding Torres Strait Islander land. Part 6 establishes the Transfer of land by Minister. Part 7 is about the General provisions for dealing with Torres Strait Islander land. Part 8 establishes Leasing of Torres Strait Islander land. Part 9 on Decision-making process. Part 10 Provisions about mortgages of leases over lands. Part 11 establishes the Leasing of trust land. Part 12 deals with the Occupation and use of Torres Strait Islander land by the State or Commonwealth. Part 13 Mining. Part 14 Provisions about land trusts. Part 15 Application of Trusts Act 1973. Part 16 Appeals. Part 17 Miscellaneous. Part 18 Validation provision and Part 19 Transitional provisions.

Implemented by: Torres Strait Islander Land Regulation, 1991. (2008-07-18)
Implemented by: Torres Strait Islander Land Regulation 2011. (2014-09-05)

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